Iroquois people still exist today. There are approximately 28,000 living in or near reservations in New York State, and approximately 30,000 more in Canada (McCall 28). Iroquois Indians became known for their light foot and fearlessness in bridge constructuion, and helped build the bridge over the St. Lawrence River in 1886 (McCall 28). Today most Native American peoples have adopted western culture and live in the American melting pot. However, there are some that fight to preserve their heritage and culture for future generations by living on reservations, preserving oral tradition, and participating in tribal dance events.